Higher Ground Farm works with institutions to design on-site farms and gardens that provide fresh, organic food as well as educational, team building, and community benefit opportunities. We offer consulting services to ensure that you make the most of your growing space, and farm and garden management services. Our team are experts in sustainability, institutional food service and operations, farm and garden education, bee keeping and agriculture. Contact us to learn more about your institution can grow food, combat climate change and other environmental issues, while providing a space of education and respite.
John Stoddard, Founder. As an environmentalist and food lover, John has focused his career on promoting sustainable, equitable food systems that benefit communities. He started Higher Ground in 2013 with the mission to increase access to healthy food while combatting urban environmental problems. In addition to running Higher Ground Farm, John is a Healthy Food in Health Care Coordinator for the non-profit organization, Health Care Without Harm, and works throughout New England on facilitating local and sustainable food procurement for health care institutions. John utilizes his experience working with health care and his expertise in rooftop farming to craft onsite growing operations that serve the unique needs of institutions. He earned his Master of Science from Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition specializing in the Agriculture, Food, and Environment program.
Lindsay Allen, Farming Operations Director. Lindsay is a farmer and educator, from Boston, Massachusetts. She has been farming for the past 8 years and has managed farms in rural and suburban locations around and outside the United States. She leads the farming and education operations of the 7,000 square foot Rooftop Farm at Boston Medical Center. A strong ethic towards food justice and a passion for getting creative in how we grow and distribute food in our urban landscapes brought Lindsay to work with Higher Ground Farm. Lindsay is a certified Permaculture Designer and Educator and teaches courses a few times a year on the subject. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Agroforestry. When Lindsay is not teaching or growing food, she can be found happily experimenting with fermentations, communing with chickens, spending time outdoors, crafting or sharing a good home-cooked meal with family and friends. Follow Lindsay on Instagram: @allenlindsay4
Hilary Emmons, Assistant Grower. Hilary spent two summers as a child helping pick strawberries at a family friend's farm in New Hampshire, but her agricultural interests went dormant until she got a Meyer lemon tree to keep in her apartment (his name is George). Several seasons later, Hilary holds a certificate in sustainable agriculture from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at UMass Amherst, and grows food everywhere in or near Boston that she can find a welcoming space. Hilary has been working with Higher Ground Farm since 2016, when she interned at the flagship farm at the Boston Design Center. She is now the Assistant Grower at the Boston Medical Center farm. When not growing food on roofs, squeezed into back porches, or on top of shipping containers, Hilary works as a project manager in software and web development and also bakes, writes, and makes overly elaborate Halloween costumes and assorted crafts. Follow Hilary on Instagram: @hilatron
Myles Green, Beekeeper. Myles is a beekeeper, educator, and artist. He practices small-scale, natural beekeeping and approaches his interactions with honeybees through respect, admiration, and a minimalist-approach. Myles believes that that "bees know best" since they've been keeping themselves for much longer than he has them. He is honored to tend bees with Higher Ground Farm.
Thanks to the folks at Evolve Magazine for chronicling our first season.